Spokeswoman „ScoutingTrain“: Charo Marisa Frensch +49 176 24366228 frensch(at)scoutingtrain.org
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Bund der Pfadfinderinnen und Pfadfinder e.V. (BdP)
Benjamin is one of the initiators and the project manager of this unique and challenging project. He likes eastern europe.
Nowadays it's all about money - Lars job is to raise it! He is responsible for ScoutingTrains fundraising. Tough job! But he will make it, together with you!
Charo is responsible for the public relations for the ScoutingTrain 2014. She is our press spokeswoman! You want an amazing story for you newspaper? It's up to you! Get in touch with Charo!
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On the following page you will find frequently asked questions.
If your question is not answered here, do not hesitate to write us an e-mail or check our contact page:
If there are any vacant places on the train left after this, we will open the second phase of application and announce it on www.scoutingtrain.org and in our newsletter.
Apart from this, each participant will have to pay a registration fee (please see the FAQ "Which costs do the registration fee and participant’s contribution cover?" for more information).
As an official passenger/participant you will be involved in planning of actions, meetings and work topics of your wagon. Both further information on the journey and terms and conditions will be provided by us (Executive Board) and given to your conductors. They will pass it to the passengers. Our homepage will be also constantly kept up-to-date and provide you with information on recent development.
Yes, we are firmly convinced that our project needs to take place now. We believe that to cancel this project now would mean to abandon our scouting ideals.
We don’t want this to happen and can’t let it happen – as long as we see a real chance to keep our contacts and stay in control of financial risks emerging for us facilitators and passengers.
We keep observing recent political development in a responsible way and recommend everyone to gain relevant information at the internet.
At the moment, we would describe the situation in the countries on our way as safe enough. It goes without saying that we keep observing what is going on.
ScoutingTrain is a project that is eligible for the category ’youth meeting’ in the Agreement between the governments of Germany and Russia about the cooperation in the area of youth policy. The European Union, German Ministry of Family Affairs, Elderly Citizens, Family and Young People and public-private Foundation have supported parts of this project for German-Russian Youth Exchange. We keep in touch with public authorities and case officers of these. At the moment, there is no reason to assume there is any danger for our passengers. You can access relevant information on different websites.
ScoutingTrain is a project made by youngsters and young grown - ups for their peers and will take place within a legal framework set by the youth associations of both countries.
Its main aim is to contribute to more understanding and friendship and to give young people a chance to connect the cultures of East and West. Especially in the political situation we are facing now we want to support youth associations and foster international understanding – the more we stay in dialogue the more peace we can achieve!
Of course it is!
To achieve this, however, we need everyone’s support. The funding history of ScoutingTrain began with EUR 1.500 from Scouting Foundation, and the funds that could be raised from different sources so far are in the area of hundreds of thousands. Numerous meetings could be arranged with this money.
The StartNext campaign provides an opportunity to tell other people about this project and convince them of it. We explicitly want to encourage you to do so by the fact that each small donation really makes the difference and brings us yet another bit closer to Lake Baikal.
You shouldn’t feel disheartened by the amount of money we want to raise!
Share your excitement about this project with other people and ask them for support. Each donation helps us to move the train a bit further. It is important, however, to raise the funds in March and April because we need to complete the booking process by the end of May.
Your registration as a passenger of one of the wagons requires from you to pay the registration fee (EUR 150) and sign the terms and conditions.
The registration fee can’t be claimed back. It covers the project-related costs BdP had to pay so far as well as your option to take part in a preparatory meeting of your wagon (it is organised by each wagon).
Participant’s contribution (EUR 500 incl. registration fee) is to be paid as soon as the journey has been confirmed by BdP (approx. May 2014). After a certain deadline we will inform you about (estimated deadline is 31 May 2014) this money can’t be claimed back because the booking has been completed. BdP will check if there will be a possibility to reclaim at least a part of this sum.
Participant’s contribution of EUR 500 does NOT cover the following costs:
BdP will help all participants to provide contact to other travel agencies in order to find the least expensive travel options to Moscow (e.g. train journey for EUR 150; offer from 16 March 2013) or flights back from Irkutsk to Europe (e.g. EUR 550; offer from 16 March 2013). Alternatively, affordable travel options like bus or cheap airlines can be used.
Our Goal is to bring all travellers and conductors – irrespective of their social background - to Lake Baikal - so we decided to install a fond with money from donors from which we give grants from 100 to 750 EUR to those who need financial support.
For further information download the paper below!
Most passengers of ScoutingTrain will need a visa (citizen of Russia, Belorussia, Azerbaidzhan, Ukraine and some other countries are exempt of this rule).
We will support our participants in this procedure, however we need your cooperation. You will need to submit a signed application and your passport with the expiration date after 31 March 2015 (6 months after the end of your journey).
ScoutingTrain is an absolutely innovative project. As opposed to such events as jamborees and camps, there have been no journeys to Lake Baikal of this scale yet. The Executive Board had an aim to make this journey affordable for as many interested people as possible. This is why we tried to reduce your individual contribution by raising funds on the one hand and relying on the activity of our conductors and conductresses on the other.
Now, we were able to nail down the price, which has led to the restricted availability of vacant places in the project. As soon as we are able to finance more places, we will inform you.
According to our plans, it should take place on 30 April – 4 May 2014. All conductors will receive an invitation.
There are numerous options of support, even if you can’t join us on the journey. Do you have any contacts to celebrities, politicians, or people in charge of the financial sector who can support our project? Then take care of them and please contact our Board of Directors.
But first and foremost, you can support our startnext campaign – both financially and in terms of publicity. Tell the others about this project and tell them that you support it.